September 20, 2016
Being super vulnerable here… I have wasted SO much time in my business trying to do everything myself. From administration in the company, to coding a profile edit page from scratch in a WordPress website build.
What is so wrong with that? Well put it this way:
There are two things in play here:
I often fall into the trap of thinking I can save money by doing it myself. So I sit down with all my paper work and start doing what I am clearly terrible at, and I stress myself out with it all. Several hours later, I have made some progress but am likely stressed and even a little confused. In most cases I end up outsourcing it to our accountant or to one of our freelance admin assistants. (Hi Sarah W, you are AWESOME).
The net result of my “money saving” is:
What could have been a few hours from a freelancer and ZERO stress, turns into a stressful time wasting and costly experience.
Outsource your weaknesses and focus on your strengths and stop trying to do it all yourself!
As coders, we can become very proud of our code, and consider ourselves the cream of the crop. OK I speak for myself here… sometimes I can get a little snobby about how I am somehow better than other peoples code. Of course that is absolute garbage!
Therefore me spending a few hours creating (from scratch) a profile edit form is just an exercise in pride.
Let’s say I spent 5 hours creating and testing this page and then show it off, the net result is:
I have shared three very stable, well supported and respected tools for WordPress that are widely accepted in the industry. Therefore there is absolutely no reason for me to re-invent the wheel and create a new set of unique code for something that already has a solution.
I have had to learn to ask the following questions of myself daily:
Confession time: I still fall victim to false economy and to pride, it’s a constant battle. Share how you overcome these in the comments below. I need your help! 😀
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